Robotics team to showcase work at industry conference


New College Lanarkshire will be promoting its specialist robotics group for school pupils at an upcoming conference focused on developing STEM attainment in schools.

Members of the College’s Computer Aided Design and IT teams will be attending the conference titled Raising Attainment Through Partnerships, hosted by College Development Network at the Dunblane Hydro in September.

They will be accompanied by a group of pupils and their teachers from the College’s Vex Robotics Club – held exclusively for school pupils to enhance their understanding of programming, Computer Aided Design and Robotics through the design, build and coding of live robots.

Lecturers Lisa Nicholson and Michael McGuire will take along the group, along with some of the robots previously created, to showcase how the College is engaging school pupils with STEM subjects.

With the official opening by Jamie Hepburn MSP, the conference will be attended by school-college pathways experts from across the Scottish college sector and will give delegates the chance to share good practice and learn about successful school-college partnerships.  

Lisa Nicholson, lecturer in Computer Aided Design, said:

“The conference is a fantastic opportunity to show off the hard work that we have put into developing STEM subjects at New College Lanarkshire, particularly to school pupils. As the engineers of the future, it is vital that pupils are introduced to subjects such as Computer Aided Design at an early stage to promote them as sustainable and viable careers down the line.

Our members of the Vex Robotics Club are becoming true professionals in robotics and you can see the enthusiasm they have developed for the subject. They are looking forward to sharing this enthusiasm with the Minister and other delegates at the conference.”

The two-day conference will celebrate existing school-college pathways and partnerships while looking at development in four main areas:

  • Senior phase pathways
  • Implications of the recently published STEM strategy
  • Career information, advice and guidance
  • Equalities

For more information about the conference click here. 

For more information about the College’s Vex Robotics team, follow them on Twitter: @NCLANvex

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